Cocoa production in Ecuador is mainly concentrated in the provinces of Los Ríos, Guayas, Manabí and Sucumbio.
La Felicidad is a family-run estate in the province of Los Ríos, where the Nacional variety is exclusively cultivated in an environment rich in biodiversity.
Direct sourced “Cru de propriété”
Two types of cocoa are principally cultivated in Ecuador: CCN-51 and the famous Nacional. This is Fino de Aroma cocoa, also known as “Arriba” (meaning “that which comes from above”), dating from the colonial period when the dried beans were transported by boat down the Babahoyo River to the main port of Guayakil.
Representing less than 1% of global cocoa production, this variety is under threat of extinction due to the invasion of hyper-productive varieties.
Despite the bean’s dark colour, which is reminiscent of a Forastero, the Nacional possesses the organoleptic sensitivity of Criollo varieties. Due to its colour, the Nacional was initially considered a Forastero.